Newtown Literary Contributor: Jack Feldstein

Writer Jack Feldstein’s poems “The Adventures of Virginia Woolf” and “The Adventures of Marcel Proust” were featured in Issue #4 of Newtown Literary. For more creative work from Jack, check out his website. We interviewed him about his writing, and his answers are below. 

What is your relationship to Queens?Jack-headshot-web
I live in Jackson Heights and have for 4 years now. I’m originally from Sydney, Australia, and moved to Brooklyn and then here to Queens.

How would you describe the writing you do?
The writing I do is sometimes an homage to modernist writers and other literary figures. Hopefully, it’s funny too.

How did you come to writing?
I sat down and gave it a shot.

What inspires you?
Definitely the entire city of New York including, of course, Queens.

What does it mean to be a writer in Queens?
It’s for real, not for image.

And, finally, my favorite question: What should I be asking you that I didn’t?
“What’s my latest project?” My latest project is that I have written a play with 12 new English and French songs called UNE PARISIENNE in NEW YORK. A joyful ode to New York City and all things French. As part of her journey learning what New York has to teach her, the Parisienne, Zoe, also comes to Jackson Heights… and is taught something very special indeed.

Thanks, Jack! 

On September 1, First Tuesdays presents Valerie G. Keane at Terrazza 7. Open-mic signups start at 6:30 p.m.; the reading begins at 7:00. Suggested donation: $5.

Delve deep into your personal writing as Heightening Stories presents the Creative Nonfiction/Autobiographical Fiction workshop. The next four-session cycle begins September 9, with enrollment open until November 4; register by September 2 to save $40 on a three-cycle package.

Work on your development and revision skills! Heightening Stories presents the Community Writing Exercise Workshop. The next four-session cycle begins September 15, with enrollment open until November 10; register by September 8 to save $30 on a three-cycle package.

Want to give your writing a kick in the pants? Heightening Stories presents the Jumpstart Your Writing online workshop starting September 20.  Register by September 10 to save $25.

On September 15 at 8:00 p.m., the LIC Reading Series presents: Akhil Sharma, Justin Taylor, and Sam Lipsyte. Check out some great Queens writers in Brooklyn as part of this official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Come help us celebrate the books published by Queens LGBT authors in 2015! Support five local writers at LGBT Queens Book Night 2015, a reading, discussion, reception, and book signing on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Queens Pride House

The Queens Young Authors and Poets Contest needs your support! QYAP is the biggest writing contest in the borough, inviting kids in grades 3 through 12 to submit poetry or prose. The winners get published right here in Newtown Literary. Between now and September 30, you can support the contest at our IndieGoGo page, where you can learn more about the contest and the great perks we have for donors!

Will you be at the 2015 Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference on October 3 at The New School? If you are, be sure to look for our own founder, Tim Fredrick, as he leads a panel on getting published in mainstream literary journals.


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